Elections

S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis says state must look out for SCE&G rate-payers

Loftis in his office. S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis said Thursday the most important issue for the state in the just-begun legislative session is fixing the S.C. Electric and Gas and Santee-Cooper utility companies. Loftis also said he is afraid that the State is having difficulty grappling with the complexity of a deal that would result in the disposition of SCE&G….

Lexington County Council elects Debbie Summers new chairwoman

Debra “Debbie” Summers Larry Brigham Lexington County Council convened on Tuesday, for a scheduled Council meeting and held and election for the new Chairwoman and Vice Chairman of Council. Council elected Chairwoman Debra “Debbie” Summers, of Council District 4 – Springdale, parts of Lexington, parts of Oak Grove and parts of Cayce, to serve as this year’s Chairwoman of Council….

Gov. Henry McMaster unveils fiscal year 2018-19 Executive Budget

Image from McMaster’s press conference, Monday. From the Office of Gov. Henry McMaster S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster on Monday announced the FY 2018-2019 Executive Budget – a balanced budget that prioritizes taxpayer savings in the form of an income tax cut that, in its first five years of implementation, will result in $2.2 billion of taxpayer savings. All while investing…

Gov. Henry McMaster announces proposal to eliminate state income tax for uniformed retirees

From the McMaster press conference Friday. S..C. Gov. Henry McMaster Friday announced a proposal, included in the 2018-19 Executive Budget, that permanently and fully exempts military veterans and retired first responders, including state and federal law enforcement, firefighters, and peace officers, from paying state taxes on retirement income. “This income tax exemption on retirement pay will reaffirm the unwavering commitment…

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson outlines his legislative priorities for 2018

1/2Joe Wilson 5 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2Joe Wilson 2 Show Caption Hide Caption U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson and his wife Roxanne, Wednesday at his West Columbia office. ColaDaily photo. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson  said Wednesday, he looks forward to backing the initiatives of President Donald Trump. Wilson (R-Springdale) was at his Sunset Boulevard office in West Columbia. It was part…

US Rep. Joe Wilson’s legislative priorities for 2018 tour is Wednesday

Joe Wilson speaking in Lexington County last week. Congressman Joe Wilson will announce his legislative priorities for 2018 during a tour of the second congressional district on Wednesday. The schedule for Congressman Wilson’s tour is as follows: 10:00 AM: Midlands Office of Congressman Joe Wilson 1700 Sunset Blvd (US 378), Suite 1 West Columbia, S.C. 29169   12:00 PM: Aiken Aiken County…

Trial for S.C. Rep. Rick Quinn set for February

Rep. Rick Quinn S.C. House Photo Rep. Rick Quinn, R-Lexington will get his trial on Feb. 26. Quinn’s trial date was set Tuesday by Circuit Court Judge Carmen Mullen in a Beaufort court room. Quinn has been charged with criminal conspiracy and misconduct in office. Special prosecutor David Pascoe is investigating alleged crimes by state lawmakers. As a part of…

Tommy Parler ends tenure on West Columbia City Council

Tommy Parler When West Columbia City Council convenes, Tuesday, Councilman Tommy Parler will not be seated. After three terms, Parler chose not to run in 2017. Erin Porter will be sworn-in to take his place. “It was time to step down” said Parler. Parler, was with the West Columbia Fire Department for 25 years, and first elected in 2005. He…

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin endorses James Smith for S.C. governor

Candidate for governor, James Smith. Mayor Steve Benjamin, of Columbia, Monday endorsed James Smith’s candidacy for Governor of South Carolina. James Smith is the State Representative for much of Columbia and Richland County. The endorsement was announced in a press release. “I have seen James push the envelope and bring people together to make real change here in Columbia,” Benjamin…

Mike Green, Marland Hardy Mitchell, Erin Porter win West Columbia City Council seats

Porter, Mitchell, Green Mike Green, Marland Hardy Mitchell, and Erin Porter won West Columbia City Council seats, Tuesday. Green retained the District 1 seat he won in a special election in June. Pete Fisher and Virginia McGrady opposed him in Tuesday’s election. Mitchell defeated incumbent Councilman Boyd Jones in District 5. Porter defeated two opponents vying for the District 7…

New faces vying for seats on West Columbia City Council in Tuesday’s election

Four West Columbia City Council seats are on the ballot in the Tuesday (Nov. 7) municipal election. Of the four council seats, two incumbents have opposition and one seat is open because of a retiring council member. The City Of West Columbia Council seat in District 3 is held by Casey Jordan Hallman and she is running for reelection unopposed….

List of candidates for Lexington County municipal elections

Town of Irmo, Council Kathy Condom Robert Wessinger Ed Wadelington C Brent Chitwood Barry A Walker, Sr. Kelly Busch Town of Pine Ridge Mayor David L. Busby Town of Pine Ridge, Council Scott Simms Floyd Dinkins Rick Dinkins Town of Summit, Council David Reese Henry E Hartley Town of Batesburg-Leesville, Mayor Lancer Shull Charles Simpkins Town of Batesburg-Leesville Council District…

City of West Columbia schedules special election after councilman’s death

The City of West Columbia will conduct a special election for the election of a City Council member in Council District One. The special election was announced on the city’s website, Wednesday afternoon. The information, below, regarding the election was issued, too. Maps showing the district boundaries will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the administrative…

Drain the Columbia swamp the focus at Trump rally

1/5 Rev. Leon Winn of Sumter. Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 Some held signs, and there was lots of security at the event. Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 Rich Bolen, Lexington attorney and Trump supporter. Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 S.C. Treasurer Curtis Loftis was the only elected official at the rally. Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 Some of the…

Jaime Harrison exits race for national Democratic party chair

Head of South Carolina's Democratic Party throws his support to former Obama Labor Secretary Tom Perez

Columbia’s Jaime Harrison, a seemingly viable though dark-horse candidate for chairmanship of the national Democratic National Committee, on Thursday dropped out of the race. Harrison, most recently head of the S.C. Democratic Party, made the announcement just two days before DNC members were scheduled to select their new leader this Saturday in Atlanta. Jaime Harrison (left) and Tom Perez (Photo…

Poll: Slight majority of S.C. voters give Trump a thumbs down

A large majority of S.C. Republicans stand behind new President Donald Trump. But, drill down deeper and it appears that Trump maybe is not so popular. According to a new Winthrop Poll released Thursday, 47 percent of South Carolinians disapprove of Trump versus 44 percent who approve of his job just five weeks into his presidency. For this latest statewide…

Protesters exhort Trump, McMaster: ‘You represent us, too’

Hundreds, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, gather in Columbia to send message to political leaders

As America’s political divide deepens, protesters assembled Monday on Presidents Day at the S.C. State House to send a message to President Donald Trump and the state’s new – and unelected – Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. Though living in an unmistakably red state, a group of nearly 600 people from across South Carolina – along with representatives from a wide…

Dr. Ed Harmon, former Lexington One School Board member dies

left Lexington One board in october

Dr. George Edwin “Ed” Harmon, who left the Lexington One School Board in the fall, died on Tuesday. He was 64. “We mourn the loss of long-time board member and friend, Ed Harmon. Ed served on the school board for 16 years and retired in 2016,” was the message issued from the Lexington One Communications office. Dr. George Edwin “Ed”…

Organizers planning ‘People’s March’ on Columbia

Aim is to spotlight “human rights” concerns to new Gov. Henry McMaster and, by extension, President Trump

Organizers are working to bring thousands of peaceful protesters to Columbia from across the state later this month to send a “strong message” to new S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and President Donald Trump. Image provided “The People’s March on Columbia,” slated for President’s Day, February 20, at the S.C. State House, is a call to action, said chief organizer, Pastor…

New S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster assumes reins of power

In a divisive "game of musical chairs," Sen. Kevin Bryant becomes Lieutenant Governor as Senate president Hugh Leatherman scrambles to retain his dominant legislative role

Hal Millard contributed to this report A lot has changed in state government in a short period of time. South Carolina transitioned from one governor to the next, and got a new lieutenant governor in a 24-hour span, from Tuesday to Wednesday. New S.C. Governor Henry McMaster (Photo provided) Former Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster was sworn in as the state…

Trustus Theatre to shed light on social justice

Trustus Theatre is Columbia’s go-to place for cutting-edge, live-theater productions, but this week is different. This week, they’ll be doing more than acting out scenes on stage when the venue hosts the local gathering of The Ghostlight Project’s nationwide effort to shine a light on issues of social justice. This Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. – on the eve of…

Rickenmann to fill Columbia City Council District 4 seat

A familiar face will be returning to the Columbia City Council. Daniel Rickenmann won a special election Tuesday for the District 4 council seat. Rickenmann, who served from 2004 to 2012 as an at-large council member, defeated Jessica Lathren on Tuesday in the election to fill the seat held by Leona Plaugh until her death in September. Rickenmann received 76…

Lott sworn in for 6th term as Richland County sheriff

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott officially began his third decade in office Tuesday, taking the traditional oath to begin his sixth term. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott renewed his oath of office Tuesday as he was sworn in for his sixth term as sheriff. (Photo courtesy of Richland County Sheriff’s Department) “It’s about building relationships with the community,” said Lott,…